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Stephen Watkins

Managing Member

Stephen Watkins Member Cook and Watkins, PLC


Stephen A. Watkins (“Steve”) was born in Roanoke, Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1974 from Centre College of Kentucky. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Virginia in 1978 and was admitted to the Kentucky Bar on October 18, 1978. Steve is also admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for both Eastern and Western Kentucky.

Steve is a current member and former Chairperson of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Kentucky Bar Association. He is a former member and former Chairperson of the Section’s Legislative Committee, which works for improvements in Kentucky statutory law in these areas. He is a former Chairperson of the Estate Planning and Probate Committee of the Louisville Bar Association. He is a current member, former Director, and former President of the Estate Planning Council of Louisville.



Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)
University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, Virginia, 1978
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Center College
Danville, Kentucky, 1974

Bar Admissions

Kentucky, 1978
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Legal Work

Primary Practice Areas

Estate and Tax Planning
Probate Administration
Probate Litigation and Trust Disputes/ Modification/ Termination
Business Succession Planning
Real Estate, Corporate, General Negotiation

About Steve

Community Involvement

Former Chairperson, current Member, Probate & Trust Law section of Kentucky Bar, 2009 – Present
Former Chairperson, Louisville Bar Association Estate Planning and Probate Committee
Former Director, former President, current Member, Estate Planning Council of Louisville
Current volunteer, former Advocacy Chairperson, and former Director of the American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate

Fast Facts

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References and representative cases available upon request.